Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
to learn that our friend, veteran reporter richard engel is free and safe. he was held captive for five days in syria, and highlights the danger in the shadows there. as the rebels and the terrorists and president assad wrestles for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: good evening match truly terrifying ordeal for richard engel and his crew. they were ambushed by more than a dozen heavily armed men, believed to be loyalists to assad's government. one of the rebels they were with was executed on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands bound and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. and when we refused there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped with the help of rebels at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. there is still a young american freelance journalist, austin tice, who has been held hostage since august in syria.
Dec 19, 2012 12:00pm PST
correspondent richard engel in syria. after the escape, one team member was still unaccounted for. nbc reports today that man, too, is safe. remember, according to the network gunman kidnapped and blindfolded richard engel along with several colleagues. the report is they tied them up, threatened to kill them and tried to make them choose which of them should be shot first. according to nbc news, the team managed to escape after a firefight but amid the gunshot aztecal support staffer got separated from the group. today, nbc news confirmed that worker is free and "said to be in good condition." doctors will evaluate him when he gets to turkey and all of the nbc news team now safe thankfully out of syria. >> armed. dangerous. a couple of bank robbers escaping prison from 20 stories up in the air. there is video. we will show you how they pulled this off. >>shepard: a horrible scene in pakistan, gunman have shot and killed eight humanitarian workers in the last couple of days according to officials in pakistan. those workers were vaccinating people against the crippling disease polio. militants
Dec 19, 2012 8:00am PST
richard engel and his production team were seized by kidnappers last week, subjected to mark executions before ultimately being freed after their kidnappers lost a firefight at a rebel-controlled checkpoint. he described the ordeal. >> we were with some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places and kept us blindfolded, abound. we were not physically beaten or tortured. a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> there are least seven other journalists missing in syria. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with nermeen shaikh. >> welcome to all our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. five days after the shooting in newtown, connecticut, that took the lives of 20 children and six staff members, funerals for the victims continue. on tuesday, two more students killed in the
Dec 19, 2012 3:00am PST
and mark levine and barney frank and david shuster. check that out this morning. richard engel was partying in turkey because he was freed after five harrowing days of captivity, the best foreign correspondent on the planet working for nbc, just incredible. does great, great reporting, fearless and shows up everywhere. he was in syria. let him tell what happened to him and his team. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago we were with some of the rebels. as we were moving down the road a group of gunman just jumped out of the trees and bushes. there were probably 15 gunmen wearing ski masks, heavily harmed. they dragged us out of the car. they put us in the container truck. >> can you imagine? really, really scary. he said there was no physical torture but psychological torture for sure. you wouldn't get me in a situation like that >> dan: i am telling you man >> bill: the closest i ever came when i was covering war in croatia and the army undermel melosovich decided today bomb without warnings. when the first bombs started to fall,